I’m finally back to talk about my favorite part of my Euro trip which was my 3 day hike on the Camino de Santiago. For those not familiar with the Camino de Santiago, click here to learn more and perhaps book your own trip to this amazing place. If you’ve been following along for awhile, then you know Charles and I love to hike. It’s a great way for us to stay active and now that we have a kiddo, we often take her hiking with us so she can experience the great outdoors as well. She didn’t hike the Camino with us, but we did have some talk about bringing her with us one day.
We met so many amazing people on this hike. The gentlemen next to me in the pic above is one of them. His name is Luigi and he was from Italy. We ran into him quite a few times on this 40 mile trek and we became pretty good friends despite there being a language barrier. Proof that sometimes words aren’t needed to connect with others. In any case, I’m doing a big photo dump of our hike from Pamplona, Spain to Logrono, Spain. It was such an amazing experience and we will definitely be back.
One thing you’ll learn about the Camino is that you’ll meet people from all walks of life on this trail and everyone is there for their own personal reasons, but somehow you’re connected with them because you’re on this walk too. It’s hard to really explain what I mean by this. I can only say you have to hike the Camino to better understand and feel the connection and oneness you feel with people you meet on the trail. One thing I will say is that it’s the only time in my life where I felt like my race, my age, my gender, or anything for that matter, actually mattered. We were just people, hiking a trail, seeking understanding, clearing our heads, walking for clarity, walking into the unknown. I met people on this trail who worked their whole lives for this hike, waited until retirement, left the US and never came back. I met people on this trail who were recently divorced and were seeking wisdom and understanding as to what was next for them. I met a lady who had a loved one who died recently and they said they felt drawn to hike the Camino and did so. I met a mom and daughter from France who were trying to reconnect with one another and decided the Camino was the perfect place to do it. All this to say that despite our differences, the Camino has the effect of bringing people together. Despite all the madness going on in the world, the Camino was an escape from it all and a place where people could just be without having to be weighed down with the stressors of everyday life.
Anyway, I guess that’s all I have to say. Perhaps my photo dump will provide some clarity to all these jumbled thoughts I’ve just shared. I hope you enjoy the images.
Till next time.